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Old 07-06-2009, 04:23 PM
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Replacing differentials on a 4x4 Suburban?

I'm wondering how hard this would be, and what kind of tools I'd need. Basically both differentials in my mom's suburban need replaced. Apparently they told her she needed to replace the front one 8 months ago, and the rear one has stress cracks in it now. I'm guessing it's from liberal use of the Auto 4x4 mode from the little searching I've done online.

Is this something you can do in a driveway with a pair of floorjacks and 4-6 jack stands? It doesn't seem like it could be too complicated, but I've also got no experience with it so I don't know if it's a pain to get the drivetrain back together or anything. We also only have hand tools - I'm assuming we'd have to buy an air compressor considering the truck's got 130k+ miles on it and has been through plenty of snow.

The dealership wants $3500 to do both ends.
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Re: Replacing differentials on a 4x4 Suburban?

The rear shouldn't be too hard, but I would assume you would have to monkey with the transfer case up front...

Have you bought a repair manual for it and looked at how difficult it is?
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Re: Replacing differentials on a 4x4 Suburban?

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